Abutilon permolle

Abutilon permolle (Willd.) Sweet

Common Names: Coastal Indian Mallow

Family: Malvaceae

Habit: Abutilon permolle grows as a perennial herb/shrub. The leaves are arranged alternately, ovate to orbicular, to 15 cm in length, with a crenate leaf margin, acute/acuminate leaf apex and cordate leaf base. The leaves have stellate pubescence and there are stipules.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are solitary in leaf axils or in terminal groups. They are subtended by bracts. The peduncle and calyx are pubescent. The calyx has 5 partially fused green sepals. The corolla has 5 unfused orangish yellow petals. There are numerous stamens fused together around the style in a column. The pubescent ovary is superior with numerous locules and numerous seeds. The fruit is a loculicidal capsule.

Habitat: Abutilon permolle grows in Human Altered environments (yards, disturbed areas, old fields).

Distribution: Abutilon permolle occurs in the south and central island groupings of the Lucayan Archipelago, the Greater Antilles, the Yucatan Peninsula, northern Central America, and Florida.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Abutilon permolle is not known to be used medicinally in the Bahamas.